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We are already ruled by “private governments,” and they suck

We can never speak freely

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The number of public colleges and universities in Washington State where campus police do not carry semi-automatic assault rifles.

We live in hell so of course Jim Bakker is still here

The internet is changing the way we preserve endangered languages

Congrats on your viral music video; here’s a thousand bucks

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The best things on the internet

The Outline’s picks for the digital things that saved us from ourselves this year, in no particular order and just because.

The biggest conspiracies in American history (that also happen to be true)

Seven truly disturbing moments in which the tin-foil hat was actually a good idea.

By Eoin Higgins

Your next obsession: retro Japanese video game art

Commercial art from Japan’s video game boom is ridiculously cool and endlessly inspiring — and it might just be the next big thing in design.

Obsessed with ‘Cyberpunk 2077’? Here are 22 fantastic cyberpunk things to play, watch, read, and hear

Find a way to pass the excruciating, indefinite amount of time until the game’s release.

By Joshua Topolsky

You don’t need blockchain in that

Salad? Coffee? Water? No thank you.

By Paris Martineau

All hail the monumental-horror image

How striking scenes from ‘The Shining,’ ‘The Wicker Man,’ ‘The Exorcist,’ and other iconic horror movies make an indelible mark on us.

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Tomorrow 156: The secret knowledge

Tomorrow 155: 2020 battle royale

Tomorrow 154: A Momo like this

Tomorrow 153: The wisdom of the crowd

Tomorrow 152: The value of being distracted

Tomorrow 151: The cult of AI

Tomorrow 150: TikTok and the total creeps

Tomorrow 149: President Evil

Tomorrow 148: We welcome your input

Tomorrow 147: CES is not for alive girls

Tomorrow 146: A lack of innovations or apologies

Tomorrow 145: Mary Poppins plays on god mode

Tomorrow 144: The year of the dunk

Tomorrow 143: Pewdiepie has red-pilled Sonic the Hedgehog

Tomorrow 142: Tumblr has snapped

Tomorrow 141: Be thankful (but also scared)

Tomorrow 140: There’s a time travel scammer in the White House

Tomorrow 139: Blue Midterm Redemption 2

Tomorrow 138: You better vote

Tomorrow 137: A third way

Tomorrow 136: Child's play

Tomorrow 135: Leah Finnegan, the mother of fear

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Are politicians getting more bizarre?

house of jealous lurkers

Crowdfunding for idiots

By the time a natural disaster happens it’s too late to help

Red states will suffer the most from climate change

How male privilege produces such hapless men

Culture

Tim Heidecker knows how absurd this is

The last American band: X made it in Los Angeles, but they flourished in the Heartland

Here are the political alignments of every ‘Super Smash Bros.’ character

Memphis Bleek is the greatest professional sidekick in hip-hop history

YOUR MOVE, TREBEK

How Hollywood stole ‘The Grinch’

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Trust me, you don’t want to know what happens to email you send

Amazon still trying to solve a central problem: getting people what they order

We need a happy cry emoji

Et Tu, Instagram?

My iPhone is trying to make me a better person. It won’t work.

Good advice

AAFU: My work nemesis has cancer

AAFU: How do I date after divorce?

AAFU: Is my brother practicing self-care or just being selfish?

Dear Fuck-Up: How do I tell someone I love them?

Dear Fuck-Up: How do you tell a stranger their partner is cheating?

AAFU: I’m not as smart as everyone said I was